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The Census

A census seems a fairly obvious tool to use to apportion political power among a set of constituencies. Yet the United States was the first nation in the world to institute a regular population count to apportion political power.

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Insights on Law & Society is published two times per year by the American Bar Association Division for Public Education. The mission of the Division is to educate the public about law and its role in society. Insights helps high school teachers of civics, government, history, and law; law-related education program developers; and others working with the public to teach about law and legal issues. Funding for this issue has been provided by the American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education.

Vol. 19

Issue 2 | Free Speech and Free Press in America

This issue of Insights digs deeper into the Law Day 2019 theme, “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society,” with articles exploring free speech and free press applications today.

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Issue 1 | International Environmental Law

International environmental law is the set of agreements and principles that reflect the world's collective effort to manage our transition to the Anthropocene by resolving our most serious environmental problems, including climate change, ozone depletion and mass extinction of wildlife. More generally, international environmental law aims to achieve sustainable development—i.e., development that allows people to have a high quality of life today without sacrificing the quality of life of future generations.

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Vol. 18

Issue 2 | The Unsettling Truth About Our Legal System

Just as psychology and neuroscience have revealed the flaws in our criminal justice architecture, they can also offer a new blueprint for remaking the system based upon a realistic model of human behavior. Click here to read the latest issue about the Unsettling truth about our legal system.

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Issue 1 | The Separation of Powers Today

What is the separation of powers? We all know the traditional American answer. The framers of the Constitution divided power between three branches of the federal government: Congress to make the laws, the president to execute the laws, and the courts to pass judgment. Click here to read about the Separation of powers in American Government.

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